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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This Junior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512, runs over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Junior Honours degree in French students. 

Building on the skills gained during their first two years of study of French, this course will improve the students' French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

It carries 15 credits and is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Roger Ravet

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • French (FR)
  • Either FR2502 Advanced French Language 2 (Passed) or FR2512 Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (Passed)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR3041 Level 3 French Language 1 (Studied)
  • FR3042 Level 3 French Language 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The fundamental aim of this Junior Honours French language course is to develop in students a high level of both receptive (reading and listening) productive (writing and speaking)  and grammatical skills in French.

Teaching falls into three broad areas that complement each other and contribute to the students’ overall command of the French language. There are three weekly class. One class taken by a native French speaker focuses on oral communicative skills. Hour A develops competence in the written language at a formal level as well as in the practical applications of language, developing both written and spoken competence in a variety of registers. The Grammar Hour aims at furthering the students' practical understanding of grammar. 

Exercises are designed to improve students' comprehension of both the spoken and written language, as well as increase their sensitivity to linguistic variety. Traditional kinds of written exercise introduced and practiced at levels 1 and 2 (translation from and into French, report writing in French) will be continued in order to build upon and extend the skills already developed by presenting more challenging translation passages with greater variety of lexis, syntactical patterns, style and register and by increasing the demands posed by the report and composition in terms of length, content, sophistication of argument and expression.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 15-minute oral test (25%)
  • 50-minute translation from English to French (25%)
  • 50-minute translation from French to English (25%)
  • Written report on a specific subject, be it social, cultural, political or otherwise (25%)


  • Written examination (75%)
  • Oral examination (25%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Frequent feedback will be provided in class discussions. All formal assessments will be returned  with full commentary and also be discussed in class. Fair copies are uploaded on MyAberdeen.

All course tutors advertise their office hours.

Course Learning Outcomes


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